Reflection Of Abraham

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Abraham is the uniting figure between the three religions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. But while he is the common thread between them, there are major differences between the way he is portrayed in each of the religions. Different parts of his story are emphasized, left out, or added in depending on which religious texts you look at between the religions, and these lend insight into the way that each religion views Abraham, his purpose, and his relationship with God. In the Holy Quran, Abraham’s story has a huge emphasis on preaching and spreading his religion to pagans which is lacking in Christianity, but Abraham is still the perfect example of a devout and faithful follower in all of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Furthermore,…show more content…
The best example of this is when he is conversing with his father on the differences between their view on religion, “He said to his father, ‘Father, why do you worship something that can neither hear nor see nor benefit you in any way? Father, knowledge that has not reached you has come to me, so follow me: I will guide you to an even path. Father, do not worship Satan…” [HQ 19:42-44]. Abraham is strong in his belief in the one Lord, and nothing can waver him, not even the fact that he is surrounded by people who’s beliefs are so different. In the face of being alone in his faith, Abraham in the Quran takes it as an opportunity to not only just try to convince his father of the validity of God, but also any other pagans around him, “He said to his people, ‘Serve God and be mindful of Him: that is better for you, if only you knew. What you worship instead of God are mere idols; what you invent is nothing but falsehood.” [HQ 29:16]. This aspect of Abraham’s story is absent from the Old Testament of the Holy Bible; there aren’t any instances of Abraham trying to convert…show more content…
A prime example of this is when God reveals himself to Abraham, “…the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am the God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” [Genesis 17: 1-2 EXT]. The idea of God’s power over everything is also shown in Abraham’s story in the Holy Quran, “When Abraham’s Lord tested him with certain commandments, which he fulfilled, He said, ‘I will make you a leader of people.’” [HQ 2:124 EXT]. In both the Quranic version and the Old Testament’s version of the Abraham, God’s power to execute his will is exemplified clearly. In the Bible, God gives Sarah and Abraham a son, even though it seems like an impossible feat, “The LORD dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as he had promised. Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age.” [Genesis 21:1-2]. God’s ultimate power is again shown in the situation where Hagar and Ishmael are sent out from Abraham’s family and God saves them, “Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him." Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water.” [Genesis 21: 18-19]. And, the same

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